NY Islanders Pro Hockey team wants to relocate to Belmont Park….

The Team is currently playing in a place they tried and do NOT like….

They want back to Nassua County….

The site at Belmont Park is the one they hope Governor Cuomo will make happen for them….

“We are locked and loaded on Belmont,” Ledecky told reporters in Manhattan. “We have blinders on for Belmont. We are not looking at other places or other opportunities. We want to make Belmont a reality.”

The Islanders and the Barclays Center both have the option to opt-out of their agreement in January, Newsday reported.

The Islanders submitted a bid last month after Empire State Development Corp. put out a request for proposals in July to develop 36 acres of underutilized parking lot space. A bid for the same property was planned in 2012 but eventually scrapped, ESPN reported.

Newsday reported the new Coliseum was not in the running for the next Islanders arena, even temporarily, with Ledecky citing low capacity and a lack of luxury box suites after the $165 million renovation.

According to ESPN, many fans have complained about the views at the Barclays Center, including obstructed seats and poor sight lines for hockey.

“Barclays is a great place and it gets better year after year,” Ledecky told reporters. “Unfortunately when the facility was built, it was not built with hockey in mind. It’s not a facility in its current form that one could be in and have a successful place as a hockey team.”

Ledecky added, “The best home and the only home for the New York Islanders moving forward should be the Belmont arena.”….

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2 thoughts on “NY Islanders Pro Hockey team wants to relocate to Belmont Park….”

  1. Funny thing: I just started Bernie Sanders’ 2016 book Our Campaign*, where he recounts the local feeling in his Brooklyn childhood when Walter O’Malley, the Brooklyn Dodgers’ owner, moved the team in 1957 to Los Angeles — something that seemed as impossible to the boyhood mind as moving the Brooklyn Bridge or the Borough of Brooklyn. The saying was that the three greatest criminals in history were Stalin, Hitler and Walter O’Malley, although not necessarily in that order.

    See also Doris Kearns Goodwin’s girlhood memoir, Wait Till Next Year.

    By the way, at least in Northern California in the 1960’s, Walter O’Malley was not a particularly admired or belovèd figure.

    * In hopes of relieving my depression from reading Shattered, the record of Hillary Clinton’s failed campaign, and Where the Right Went Wrong, E.J. Dionne’s history of the radical right’s takeover of conservatism, the G.O.P. and the country.

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